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Theoretical Comparative Syntax by Naoki Fukui

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Introduction

This volume is a collection of articles I have written over the years concerning linguistic theory and comparative syntax. The study of the principles of Universal Grammar (UG), as they have been discovered in the tradition of modern generative grammar, has always been the major object of my research. Given the diversity of natural languages, however, the discovery of the principles of UG cannot be the sole object of inquiry in linguistic theory, a situation which makes the field more challenging and even more interesting, at least to me, than, say, arithmetic or physics. Thus, comparative syntax comes into play. Comparative syntax is concerned with the properties of languages that are not universal, and it attempts to discover ...

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